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Archive for May, 2009

Driving Under the Influence – of Snap, Crackle and Pop

Monday, May 18th, 2009

Add this story to the list of crazy things drivers do, instead of driving:  Eating Cereal.

“Police said a man who was stopped for erratic driving on Central Avenue last week was eating a bowl of cereal and milk while he drove. He told officers he was hungry,” says the Boston Globe story posted on the ABC News website.

I’ve previously written about texting and other cell phone usage while driving here. If you have been arrested or accused of DWI contact and experienced San Antonio DWI attorney at 210-226-0965.

Supreme Court Nominees and Science

Monday, May 18th, 2009

President Barack Obama is still weighing his nomination decision for a replacement of Justice David Souter.  Popular Science magazine has critiqued the scientific credentials of some of the prospective nominees to the Supreme Court on its web site.  I guess you’d call it, the nominee’s “lab cred.”  Its interesting to see the take of the scientific community on what usually boils down to debate on politics, and to a lesser degree jurisprudence.

Today’s Youth, Mobile Data Devices, and Criminal Law — Again

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

The Washington Post has picked up on the notion that there is an odd convergence of technology, salacious conduct and today’s youth.  In a story out today, the Post writes about this evolving area of criminal law.   On one hand, there is nothing new under the sun.  Prosecutors, law enforcement officers, judges, and defense lawyers will have to sort out messes made by young people making poor decisions.  On the other hand, the speed at which a mistake can magnify in this Digital Age will have some corners very concerned and active in the prosecution of these acts. I’ve previously blogged about this phenomenon here.

Texas Asset Forfeiture in the News Again

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

There is a potential conflict brewing between prosecutors with the Texas Attorney General’s Office and local law enforcement entities over how to best seize the assets of suspected criminal masterminds profiting from wrongdoing.  A story in today’s San Antonio Express-News details legislation before the Texas Senate.  The Texas Racketeering and Corruption Act is not yet up for debate because of a rare rift among powerful law enforcement proponents, according to the news story. 

“Prosecutors are worried that a judge would freeze a suspected gang leaders’ bank account, tipping off the suspect that authorities are closing in and possibly jeopardizing a local criminal investigation.  They also are concerned that most of the money from seized bank accounts would go into a state victims’ compensation fund instead of being used locally for law enforcement.”

In other Texas Asset Forfeiture news, CNN has been following a story about a northeast Texas jurisdiction that has been sued for questionable asset forfeiture tactics. I’ve previously noted this debacle and others.  Looks like the locals will be returning plaintiff’s money.